Fania Basse Terrienne – Fania Basse Terrienne (Guadeloupe, 1970, Duli Disc)

Fania Basse Terrienne was a combo from Guadeloupe (French West Indies), leaded by the trumpeter and composer Astasie Philogene and composed by several great musicians from the bests bands of the island such as Les Aiglons, Typical Combo, Super Combo and Les Players.

The track presented here, “Fania Basse Terrienne“, is taken from their one and only album recorded live in 1970 and is an awesome hommage to the famous “Fania All Stars” latin band of Johnny Pacheco – Enjoy !

Fania Basse Terrienne – Fania Basse Terrienne

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/2E5vmcntg0M

Have a nice sunday,

Armand

Francisco – Mamaille Lévé (Martinique, 1978, 3A Production)

Frantz-Charles “Francisco” Denis was a singer, piano player, composer, drummer and dancer born on the 9th of november 1932 in Saint-Pierre (Martinique).

He opened and owned several cabaret in the island (La Paillote, Le Shango, La Cabane Bambou, La Plantation..) in which he played with his bands such as “The Blue Star”, recorded several albums and singles and became one of the most important icons of the West Indies latin sound.

He died on the 19 April 2013.

The song presented here, “Mamaille Leve“, is a brillant example of the sound he created, a mixture of Biguine, Creole and Latin influenced sound, recorded in 1978 with awesome piano arangements – hope you’ll like it !

Francisco – Mamaille Leve

You can also listen to this track on my youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/s_6_Yx3_mqw

Best regards,

Armand

Floyd Lloyd Seivright – Check Out Your Mind (Jamaica, 1983, Tropic)

For today, I decided to make you rediscover a Reggae Disco track recorded in 1983 by the very well known Jamaican singer Floyd Lloyd, typically the kind of West Indian musical “Discolypso” mixed genre I like – Hope you’ll enjoy it too !!

Floyd Lloyd – Check Out Your Mind

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/GK5pFs83g6Q

Have a nice week end,

Armand

Edmony Krater et Zepiss – Tijan (Guadeloupe, 1988, Editions Kaluila)

Edmond “Edmony Krater” Cratère is a musician (trumpeter, drummer, singer and Gwo-Ka player) who was born on the 18 of October 1956 in Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe, French West Indies).

He arrived in Paris (France) in 1983 and founded the band Zepiss, with whom he recorded two albums, “Natibel” in 1983 and “Tijan Pou Velo” in 1988, very hard to find nowadays and full of Spiritual Gwo-Ka and West Indies Jazz tracks.

Edmony is still active today, lives in the sweet South of France and is working on his next album that will be out very soon !

The track I wanted to make you rediscover today, “Tijan”, taken from his second album, is truly a masterpiece with splendid horns, fuzzy guitars and beautiful synth parts, wrote in the memory of the Guadeloupean Gwo-Ka drum master Marcel “Velo” Lollia.

Edmony Krater et Zepiss – Tijan

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/AKomQqoBbKY

Have a nice week,

Armand

Erick Cosaque et Les Voltages 8 – L’Heureux Noir (Guadeloupe, 1980, Franck R Records)

Following to this article, I wanted for this week to make you (re)discover another track from Erick Cosaque, one of my favourite musician from French Guadeloupe Island who is still active today.
“L’Heureux Noir”, the track presented here, is a perfect example of early Cosaque’s work, mixing perfectly Jazz and traditional Guadeloupean Gwo Ka percussions – Enjoy !
Erick Cosaque et Les Voltages 8 – L’Heureux Noir
Best regards,
Armand

ADP028 – Au Temps des Biguines // A Selection of early Biguines, Merengues and Boleros from the French West Indies

Hi Dear readers !
I’m proud to present you my 28th selection ! Ten early Buiguines, Merengues and Boleros songs, from the French West Indies.
Those tracks are taken from some quite hard to find seven inches of my personal collection, hope you’ll like them !

Armand de Preseau – Au Temps des Biguines

You can download this new selection right here !
Enjoy, and get ready for the next selection..
Armand

ADP015 – Bon baisers de Fort-de-France : A Selection of Fine Biguines and Jazzy Tracks From the French West Indies

Hi everyone !!!
It’s a reaaaal pleasure to be here with you after these 2 months !!!! Sincerely sorry for the delay, too much work (yes I have a job), and just the time for me to dig for my dear readers some records from all over the world : Zambian records, Ethiopian stuff, records from Turkey, Morrocco, Guyana..
So to celebrate the rebirth of this blog, I’ve prepared one (short) selection (yes, from now I will select only 6 records for each mix, to avoid a too long and boring stuff !) of Carribean Biguines and Jazzy tracks from several records taken from the 30’s to the 80’s – Enjoy the ride !
Next week we’ll travel to Mali,
Armand de Preseau – Bons Baisers  de Fort-de-France
You can download the selection here !
Sincerely yours,
Armand